KU’s Self says again that Joel Embiid is still deciding whether to enter NBA Draft

03/31/2014 4:19 PM

04/09/2014 2:11 PM

Joel Embiid took a seat off to the side during Andrew Wiggins’ NBA Draft announcement and watched his Kansas teammate declare his college career was over after one season.

Is there such an event in Embiid’s future?

Maybe, maybe not, Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. But Self said again Monday that Embiid hasn’t decided, contrary to a Yahoo Sports report last week that said Embiid would enter the NBA Draft.

“I think Joel is gathering information, but not information on where he’ll be picked because he’s going to go high,” Self said. “The decision he needs to make is, what’s best for him over time, whether to stay another year or to go.

“I could see him doing either one. I think you could make a case that either one would be a good decision. He’s not quite like Andrew. He hasn’t been playing ball his whole life. He’s not ready to jump in either way right now. We’ve talked a lot, but I don’t think he’s close to making a decision in the next few or several days. I think it’s something that will play out over a while.”

Embiid, a 7-foot freshman who averaged 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, missed six games, including KU’s final five, because of a stress fracture in his back. He’s projected as a top-three selection if enters this year’s draft.

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